The new regulation obliges companies in the European Union to make sure their supply chains do not contribute to funding armed conflict. The regulation on conflict minerals covers the imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The due diligence rules will become binding from 1 January 2021.
After months of pressure and protests of Greenpeace, Samsung finally published a plan to recycle and relaunch Galaxy Note 7 devices that have been recalled due to battery faults.
Over 7 billion smartphones have been produced since 2007. These smartphones have changed the world in many positive ways, but the manufacturing of the phones has a devastating impact on our planet. Greenpeace states in a report that a new business model is needed in order to reduce the negative impact of smartphone production.
After a long struggle of local communities and civil society groups against large-scale metal mining in El Salvador, lawmakers passed a bill to ban all metal mining in the country last Wednesday. El Salvador has been suffering water shortages and pollution due to mining operations.
On Friday March 31, SMART - Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade - will organize a workshop on identifying the environmental and social hotspots, or risks, in the product life cycle of mobile phones.